The Big Creek Dams are located within the City of Newport, on Oregon's Central Coast.
Like many other cities in the western United States, the City of Newport places a priority on protecting our water supply. As of 2011 when city engineers discovered real threats to both Big Creek Dams structures, protecting this supply skyrocketed to the highest priority. Engineers found that the foundation material of these structures is unstable and may fail in the event of a moderate or major earthquake (3.0 or greater on the Richter Scale). Today, both Big Creek Dams have been elevated to the second and third most-critical, high-hazard dams in the State of Oregon.